Stanley Victor "Stan" Collymore
(born 22 January 1971) is an English footballer
who played from 1990 until 2001.
He held the British transfer record when he moved from Nottingham Forest
for £8.5 million in 1995 and was capped three times at senior level by the England national football team
but never scored.
Collymore's mother Doreen, a swimming pool receptionist in Cannock
, had four daughters from her first husband, who was from nearby Wolverhampton
. When she met his father, a former military man and Barbadian
national (who was also called Stanley Collymore), they moved to Barbados but returned to Cannock.
Collymore was born in Stone
. As a young boy he supported Aston Villa
. A centre forward
, Collymore played junior football for Penkridge Juniors before starting his career as an apprentice footballer with Walsall
, and also Wolverhampton Wanderers
, before being released and signing for then Conference
team, Stafford Rangers
. It was there he caught the eye of several football league
clubs by demonstrating the ability to score spectacular goals before being given his chance as a full-time professional
with Crystal Palace
at the age of 19, when he signed for them in December 1990.
Crystal Palace and Southend United
After learning his trade as understudy to the prolific Crystal Palace partnership of Mark Bright
and Ian Wright
, Collymore... Read More